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Posts tagged ‘classics’

One-Sentence Stories

This is fun: take a full-sized, famous book and compress it down to describe the plot in one sentence. Failbook calls it “the tl;dr versions” of the classics. Wanna play?

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The BBC Book List

Yesterday I posted a list of 100 books the BBC thinks we should have read. They’re betting most of us only read 6% of what they’ve decided is worthy. The point of the book survey is to highlight how much of the BBC’s canon we’ve read by posting the list with things we’ve read in bold.

I’ve yet to meet anybody who’s taken the survey and scored that low; anyone interested enough in reading to do the meme has probably read at least a handful of what’s on the list. In fact, I think the only way to achieve a 6% score is to avoid reading anything at all once you’ve completed high school English – including popular works like The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

But that doesn’t mean the list is particularly valid. And it rather makes me wonder: what makes the BBC the arbiter of the modern canon?

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The Book Survey

One of my friends on Facebook posted a list of books the BBC seems to think we should’ve read, but probably won’t have. I’ve got plenty to say about this, but I’ll start off with my results, and then follow up with my commentary in a later post.

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

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Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES.  Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses! (Or not – after all reading is not a competition! I’m betting that we’re all well over 6 books, and I am curious to see the common ground).

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